Top Premier League teams are fiercely fighting for the services of under 17 star striker, Thatayaone ‘Popo’ Ramatlapeng.
Several big Premier League teams’ officials are reported frequenting his mother’s home and work place to persuade her and let the player join their teams. They have been phoning her constantly as they seek the services of the talented youngster.
The young player is currently playing in the lower division in Tlokweng for Home Sweepers and it is unlikely he will stay.
Even in the last transfer window the player was reportedly in demand but his mother wanted him to finish his Junior Certificate exams first at Bokamoso secondary school.
The player’s mother, Naomi Ramatlapeng, confirmed to Sunday Standard that the current transfer window is a nightmare to her.
“I cannot name them, but teams are knocking day and night for his services. Maybe it is because there is something special they see in him. Teams’ officials come to me even at work with already prepared contracts to sign him on. Definitely as a parent I want the best for him and I want him to play for a team that will take good care of him and make sure he progresses in his career. Teams have the tendency of making empty promises and I do not want to fall for that,” she said.
The mother would not comment on the specific team she wants him to play for, saying she still has to think about it and seek advice on people who understand football better.
Pint sized Thatayaone was a star for the Under 17 that qualified for Under 17 Africa Youth Championships in Morocco last year. He scored crucial goals that helped the team qualify.
What makes him unique is his skill, pace and his ability to go for long range shots when least is expected. His former coach at Under 17, Kaizer Kobedi, describes him as a gem who will in years take Botswana football to greater heights.